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Edwin Sherwood

Professor of Ancient Languages at Willamette 1907-1909

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Edwin Sherwoood (Nov. 8, 1867 - Feb. 13, 1921), son of a physician in Cincinnati, Ohio, was a Methodist minister and a classmate of Willamette's President Carl G. Doney. After graduating from Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey, he spent one year (1894-1895) on a fellowship at the University of Leipzig, Germany, doing post-graduate work. Having returned to the United States, he became a pastor in Somerset, Ohio. During this time, he delivered a series of popular lantern-slide lectures entitled "Land of the Rhine." The lantern-slides and his lecture notes were recently donated by his great-granddaughter Ellen Sedell to Willamette's University Archives.

In 1907, Sherwood accepted a position at Willamette University to teach Greek and Latin.

After two years, however, he was appointed Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Willamette's newly founded College of Theology (later re-named the Kimball School of Theology), where he became Secretary of the Faculty and Treasurer of the Kimball School. Married with two sons and two daughters, Edwin Sherwood died unexpectedly in 1922 "as the result of exhaustion from overwork," at the early age of 53.

Robert S. Eakin, one of his former students, commented, "I had ... great admiration for the learning, ability, and fairness of Prof. Sherwood, now deceased, who was at one time instructor in Greek and advanced Latin in the College of Liberal Arts. From none of my classes did I derive more pleasure or profit than from those under Prof. Sherwood."


  • A.B., Ohio Wesleyan University 1890
  • M.A., Ohio Wesleyan University 1890
  • M. Div., Drew Theological Seminary 1894
  • D.D., Ohio Wesleyan University 1913
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